Detroit Journalism Cooperative
Detroit is in the middle of the pack among the 51 international cities studied for how much of a tax burden they place on businesses.
Bankruptcy could offer an opportunity to trim taxes for the city’s beleaguered residents, who pay some of the highest income, utility and property taxes in the state.
High taxes, low wages, yet the City of Detroit still drowns in debt. Here’s why the city faces long odds even after shedding bankruptcy debt.
Mayor Kilpatrick’s civic fund helped put him in prison. Gov. Snyder’s NERD fund brought only regret. But Mayor Duggan says his fund will be different.
Who gave Mayor Duggan $1 million? A Detroit Journalism Cooperative donation database answers this question and others.
The state-created board may be larger than necessary, but it has the funding to run its own numbers, rather than relying on the city to turn over information.
Detroit’s patchwork of traditional public and charter schools can be confusing to parents looking for a good fit. The resulting chaos led a group of parents to share information on promising schools.
Should we stay or should we go? A reporter’s notebook on living with crime in Detroit.
Set a goal, control the numbers, trumpet the results. That’s been Mike Duggan’s leadership playbook for two decades. Has he pushed his luck with Detroit?
Six months in, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is focused intently on improving city services, selling himself to residents and consolidating power within the bankrupt city. Can the honeymoon last?
A city’s quality of life can be hard to define, but a few steps forward could give Detroit residents a warm feeling about the future.
Mayor Duggan promised progress on lights, blight and buses and, by his office’s own count at least, there is progress.
In Detroit, there are stirrings of job growth in the usual places, but data is still scant on improving prospects for most city residents.
Optimism is beginning to percolate across much of the city, as a can-do mayor attempts to make good on bold promises. Hard numbers are more difficult to come by.
Detroit Public Schools missed a deadline, and now must bow out of the preschool program for low-income children, imperiling nearly 1,000 seats for 4-year-olds.
Putting aside deep concerns about Detroit’s path, Michigan voters say the city’s recovery is too important to state’s future to ignore. Bipartisan majorities support state funding to help Detroit retirees and save DIA art.
While the debate over gay rights and same-sex marriage has gotten strident at times, John Corvino rarely raises his voice.
Jacques Panis, president of the Detroit watch and bicycle maker, offers a wish list of businesses he’d like to see in Detroit.
A bankruptcy judge has yet to sign off on Detroit’s proposal for paying thousands of creditors. But there are signs of who is likely to benefit most when the bankruptcy dust settles.